Burning, itching, and uncomfortable feet are symptoms that many New Yorkers know all too well. These symptoms are often a result of athlete’s foot, a fungal infection that affects the skin on our feet.
While athlete’s foot can often be self-diagnosed and treated with a variety of over the counter medications (explained below), severe cases may be difficult to resolve. That’s where we come in: we provide New Yorkers with today’s latest treatments that will quickly resolve your case. Visit us today.
Treating Athlete’s Foot
It is not common for someone to require medical assistance to treat athlete’s foot. Typically, home care involving over the counter anti-fungal medications and creams usually does the trick.
However, athlete’s foot is contagious and can spread to your hands and other areas of the skin. If you have attempted to treat your case unsuccessfully, we encourage you to visit us- we will quickly resolve your case.
At Home & Over the Counter Treatments
- Maintain excellent hygiene - Keeping your feet clean and well-manicured is not only an effective treatment, but an effective preventative measure as well.
- Use over the counter antifungal medication - You can find various powders, sprays, lotions, and creams that use antifungal ingredients like clotrimazole (Lotrimin), miconazole (Micatin), terbinafine (Lamisil), and tolnaftate (Tinactin). Most, if not all, are available at your local pharmacy.
Note: if you find yourself frequently suffering from athlete’s foot, making a few minor lifestyle changes can go a long way in reducing your probability of infection. We recommend:
- Thoroughly washing your feet with soap and warm water every day. Once done, ensure you dry your foot thoroughly before putting on socks or shoes.
- Actively keep your feet dry. If you notice that your feet tend to sweat, we recommend changing your socks throughout the day.
- Do not walk through public areas - including swimming pools, saunas, and hot tubs - barefoot. Fungus thrives in warm, moist areas, and you may inadvertently infect yourself by going for a stroll. Wearing slippers, flip-flops/sandals, or water shoes will not only help prevent infections, but also improve your footing/traction and reduce your chance of slipping.
If home care is proving ineffective, we welcome you to visit us. We have several powerful methods available to us to quickly address athlete’s foot.
- Prescription medications - Typically in the form of a topical lotion or powder, prescription anti-fungal medication normally does the trick.
- Oral medication - In severe cases we may prescribe oral medications in addition to topical treatments. We typically prescribe oral medications if a toenail removal due to athlete’s foot is required. These medications include itraconazole (Sporanox), fluconazole (Diflucan), or prescription-strength terbinafine (Lamisil).
- Chemical peel - A chemical peel will remove the outermost layer of skin on the foot (and the infection along with it).
- Topical steroid medications - These medications do not address athlete’s foot directly, but rather reduce painful inflammation that some patience experience as a result of their infection.
What is Athlete’s Foot?
Fungus thrives in warm, moist areas. Since most people tend to wear socks/shoes, our feet can sweat and provide an ideal environment for the fungus responsible (tinea fungus) to grow.
- Contact with an infected person or surface that is contaminated with the tinea fungus (showers, swimming pools, change rooms, etc.)
- Poor foot hygiene can contribute to athlete’s foot.
- An itching, burning, or stinging sensation on the soles of the foot, heel, or toes
- Cracking or peeling skin
- Raw, painful skin on the feet
- Discolored, thick, or painful toenails; toenails that pull away from the toe